LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena held the MAAC's top offensive team scoreless for nearly 10 minutes and cruised to a 70-54 victory over Iona in the Gold Rush Game Thursday night at the ARC. The Saints led by as much as 20 and by double figures for the entire second half in winning their third straight home game.
Siena (8-12, 4-5) held Iona (10-10, 5-4) scoreless for 9:55, going on a 14-0 run to take a commanding 40-22 lead early in the second half. The conference's top scoring team, Iona was held 10 points under their average and missed 15 straight shots while committing 11 turnovers during their scoreless drought.
In a matchup of the MAAC's top-two scorers, Siena easily won that battle as well. Lily Grenci led all scorers with 16 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year Damika Martinez, who entered the night leading the league averaging 16.8 points, was held to a quiet seven on 3-13 shooting.
Siena's pressure defense swiped 16 steals forcing 26 Iona turnovers and the Gaels shot just 31.8% from the field.
On the other end, the Saints broke Iona's pressure with precision. Siena ran its transition offense to near perfection and dished out 20 assists on their 23 made field goals.
Tehresa Coles added 12 points, a career-high nine rebounds and five steals for the Saints, while Clara Sole Anglada also contributed double figures with 11 points. Ida Krogh added seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists.
Joy Adams and Aleesha Powell led Iona with 11 points apiece.
The Saints return to action Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip off at Loyola.